On Valentine's Day my mom usually put red heart Jell-o Jigglers in our lunchboxes. I tried making these pinwheels with sugar-free strawberry gelatin in honor of the upcoming holiday but had a little trouble with the first batch. It took some trial and error to get the marshmallow layer to float with sugar-free gelatin (as explained in the recipe below). By the time I got that part down, I'd had my share of strawberry gelatin and went with black cherry instead. I don't think they made black cherry gelatin when I was growing up, but I'm guessing I would have thought the color was pretty cool.
I always thought this recipe was extra special because it was printed on a plastic slip tucked inside our recipe box. Obviously a clear recipe is just way too cool. I now realize this "clear" recipe card was simply cut off the plastic bag from the marshmallows. Isn't growing up exciting? Anyway, I remember getting pretty excited when my mom would make them, especially if they were blue. Because, let's just admit it, the blue Jell-o is the best.
recipe from Kraft
1 pkg (4 servings) flavored gelatin, regular or sugar-free*
1/2 cup boiling water
1-1/2 cups mini marshmallows (or 12 large)
*The sugar-free is a little trickier to work with. Be sure not to stir the marshmallows too much or they will dissolve into the gelatin.
* Lightly spray an 8-inch square pan with nonstick spray.
* In a microwave-safe bowl combine the gelatin and boiling water. Stir until gelatin is completely dissolved. Let cool 1-2 minutes.
* Add marshmallows and microwave 20-40 seconds or until marshmallows just begin to puff. Stir until smooth, marshmallow layer will float to top. (This step is where the sugar-free is harder to work with. If your liquid is too hot or you stir too much, the marshmallows may dissolve completely instead of forming a top layer.)
*Pour mixture into prepared pan. Refrigerate 45 minutes or until set. Cut into 10 strips and roll each into a pinwheel.
Food for Thought: "Men do not quit playing because they grow old; they grow old because they quit playing." -Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr